- Purify means to make something clean or free from impurities.
- To take the toxins out of drinking water is an example of purify.
- To go to church and be freed from sin is an example of purify.
transitive verbpurified, purifying
- to rid of impurities or pollution
- to free from guilt, sin, or ceremonial uncleanness
- to free from incorrect or corrupting elements
- to purge (of or from)
Origin of purifyMiddle English purifien ; from Old French purifier ; from Classical Latin purificare: see pure and amp; -fy
transitive verbpu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing, pu·ri·fies
- To rid of impurities: purify water.
- To rid of foreign or objectionable elements: tried to purify the party of its dissenters.
- To free from moral or spiritual defilement: rituals to purify the soul.
Origin of purifyMiddle English purifien, from Old French purifier, from Latin pūrificāre : pūrus, clean; see pure + -ficāre, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present purifies, present participle purifying, simple past and past participle purified)